BELTON — High school seniors who attend public school in Belton have a chance to win a $2,000 scholarship.

The city of Belton and Waste Management are holding their annual writing competition for area seniors. The scholarship award, offered annually for several years, was raised to $2,000 after previously being $1,000.

Waste Management, in a contract with the city, proposed the scholarship as part of a community outreach program, City Manager Sam Listi said. Waste Management also increased its donation, which is why the scholarship amount is larger.

To enter the contest, seniors must write an essay of about 500 words, explaining what they believe “environmental awareness” means to them.

Applicants also need to submit an application form, a recommendation form from a teacher or counselor, and a letter of recommendation, according to the city’s online application instructions.

Applicants also need to verify that they have been accepted to a college, university or accredited trade or technical school by submitting an acceptance letter.

The scholarship will be given directly to the contest winner.

Aaron Harris, the city’s grants and special projects coordinator, said three judges will review the applicants’ materials: City Council member Jerri Gauntt, city Public Information Officer Paul Romer and a representative from the community, Cristy Daniell, retired assistant city manager.

The essay question changes each year, Harris said.

Applicants must be graduating seniors who are U.S. citizens living in Belton. The deadline to submit applications, which can be submitted to a high school counselor or Belton City Hall, is May 2.

Information and application forms may be found at

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